About Crowns and Bridges
Have you ever broken or lost a tooth? If so, we know how stressful that situation can be. Teeth can fracture due to trauma, decay, bruxism (grinding or clenching your teeth), or even simply biting into something hard. Sometimes the tooth can be fractured so severely that it can no longer be saved.
We understand that broken or missing teeth can affect your self-esteem and self-confidence. At Gallery Park Dental, we can restore your smile and self-confidence with the use of dental crowns and bridges in Glenview, IL.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown, also known as a “cap,” is used to restore a tooth to its natural size and shape. A crown acts as a shell and covers your natural tooth to protect it from fracturing or prevent a cracked tooth from further damage.
A crown is often necessary when a tooth has been damaged so significantly that it can no longer be restored with a filling.
Crowns are also recommended after a tooth has had a root canal to prevent it from fracturing in the future. Crowns are made of either gold, porcelain ceramic, or porcelain ceramic with a metal substructure underneath.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A traditional bridge replaces missing teeth by attaching natural-looking false teeth to crowns seated on top of adjacent teeth or implants.
Unlike dentures or partial dentures, bridges are permanently cemented in the mouth and can only be removed by your dentist.
Missing teeth can often cause problems with chewing or speaking, not to mention be esthetically unpleasing. Additionally, if missing teeth are not immediately replaced, adjacent teeth may begin to shift into the open space, which can be difficult to correct in the future.
Dental bridges are an excellent way to replace missing teeth and restore beautiful smiles.